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Thibodeau brought to Minnesota a reputation for defensive acumen

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Paul is expected to be designated as one of the Clippers’ six-year-contract players, making his deal worth around $210 million. But it’s uncertain whether the Clippers would do the same for the oft-injured Griffin, especially if L.A. can’t make any progress in this year’s postseason. Redick would prefer to stay with the Clippers, but if the team makes a commitment to both Griffin and Paul, Redick may become the odd man out. He is a career 41.3 percent 3-point shooter, and would have an ample stable of suitors on the market. There was a chance for the Clippers to address these issues at the trade deadline (or last summer), but Rivers decided to try one more run with the current group.

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The Wolves are 23rd in efficiency this year, a modest improvement. But in their last 11 games, the Timberwolves have held opponents to 100.5 points per game, without slowing down their own offense (106.0 points). In the first 56 games of the season, the Timberwolves allowed 105.8 points, 47.3 percent shooting and 36.4 percent 3-point shooting. In addition to dropping their average points allowed, teams have shot just 44.0 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from the 3-point line against Minnesota in the last 11 games.
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Thibodeau brought to Minnesota a reputation for defensive acumen, his blitzing style having been the backbone of the Celtics’ NBA Finals teams of 2008 and 2010, as well as his 51-win-per-season teams in Chicago.

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Andrew Bogut signs with Cavs seeking another NBA title

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Andrew Bogut is back in the mix to win a second NBA championship.

The Australian big man signed with the Cavaliers on Thursday, ending a week in limbo after he was traded from the Mavericks to the 76ers and waived by Philadelphia days later.

Patrick: I like it. Like pay-per-view.

Barkley: No, no, no. Just get him in here. Only when I know I’mma die….’Cause I just want to get Skip Bayless in a room one time and beat him like a dog.

Patrick: So you’d kill him.

Barkley: Yes. Only if I knew I was gonna die. Not if I’m gonna live, cause I don’t wanna go to prison. ‘Cause like Mahorn say, ‘They would love you in prison.’

Whoa. Now, we all know Bayless doesn’t have the best bedside manner, but to kill him on national TV? Barkley also said this after he explained how he would knock out Shaquille O’Neal in a fight, so take it all with a grain of salt.

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Griffin, meanwhile, told ESPN’s Lisa Salters during the broadcast (per that Irving and Love were held out because they were nursing injuries. He also directly addressed the fan aspect.

We’re very sensitive to the fact that from a fan’s standpoint it hurts. But it’s the right thing for us, Griffin told Salters.

It cuts both ways, Griffin added. We’re protecting the Cavaliers fans that are watching us and have expectations that we’re going to compete at the highest level.

Game Mens Datone Jones Jersey But there’s no reason for some of these other twentysomething stars like Irving (24) to be sitting on their butts during nationally televised, prime-time games, especially when NBA TV ratings are down this season.

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Wizards F Markieff Morris fined $25,000 for tossing ball into stands

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Markieff Morris has every right to feel hard-done by Tuesday after receiving a $25,000 fine for lightly tossing the ball into the general area of the crowd Sunday against the Jazz.

There wasn’t a whole lot to Morris’ “throw” into the stands. It appeared as if he basically rolled the ball toward the sideline — and general direction of the official.

Morris will not be suspended, which is good for the Wizards, who are taking on the Warriors on Tuesday.

This is the kind of unique shooting big man that NBA teams continue to search for in order to help them space the floor without having to go small. He’ll go in the lottery, certainly.

Bridges is single-handedly saving the Big Ten’s draft class, as he’s the only healthy player from the league within the top 40 of this big board. He’s an elite, explosive leaper who also has a ton of physical strength that he utilizes well on both ends. He rebounds, passes and has even hit 38 percent of his 3s this season.

That’s probably higher than his true shooting ability, but he does have good touch, and teams will be able to work with him and get him up to par. Overall, there’s a ton to like here from Bridges, a wing in a league that is starved for more of them.

DeMarre Carroll gets caught ball-watching, and Corey Joseph is too concerned about Thomas to switch onto Brown on the backdoor cut. Even for someone who isn’t a great passer, it’s an easy lob to make.

There are obviously other options out of it, and it’s here where having versatile wings who are comfortable with their backs to the basket comes into play. Smart continues to improve as a low-post scorer, and Brown is comfortable using his size and athleticism to overwhelm smaller defenders on the block. If either of them can draw a double team in those situations, someone will be open for a 3-pointer.broncos_047

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they have to feel good that he has had a hit in each game.

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If you were to say prior to the season that the Rangers would be sellers, well, it would be nuts. But the team is under .500 heading into the second half of the season, and given that we’ve seen some ridiculous hauls for quality starting pitching this season, it might make sense for Texas to want to listen to some offers for their 1-2 in the rotation.

Game Youth Jeremiah Attaochu Jersey Health for these guys is always the question, but when they’re healthy, they’re among the best. Calculated risk for sure, but it could be a risk worth taking for contenders.

The BoSox, it appears, are making sure the ChiSox don’t get comfortable. Silverman, citing a source, listed six other potential third base trade candidates: David Freese and Josh Harrison from the Pirates; Asdrubal Cabrera and T.J. Rivera from the Mets; Eduardo Nunez from the Giants; and Martin Prado from the Marlins. Prado has been mentioned previously (see below). Reports Sunday night said Boston had settled on a Brock Holt-Deven Marrero platoon for the time being; based on Silverman’s report, that arrangement won’t last long.

Bumgarner missed the last three months with a left shoulder AC sprain sustained the injury during a dirt bike accident on April 20. He is still without a win on the season, now 0-3, but the Giants ace did not show any ill-effects from his extended stay on the DL.

To make room for Bumgarner, the Giants placed struggling Johnny Cueto (6-7, 4.59 ERA) on the DL with blisters. Bumgarner made four quality rehab starts, striking out 16 batters with four walks in 16 2/3 innings and allowed just four hits.

Game Youth DeShawn Shead Jersey Also finding his groove following a stint on the DL is Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who collected a pair of hits in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Rays. Trout was activated from the DL on Friday after missing 39 games with an injured thumb. He went 1 for 5 in his return and, though the Angels have lost both games with Trout back, they have to feel good that he has had a hit in each game.

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the 76ers didn’t have those same concerns.

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Why it makes sense: The metropolitan area is comparable in population to New York and it would be a chance for Major League Baseball to open a huge national market that already has a passion for baseball.

Authentic Youth Tyrell Williams Jersey Why it might not happen: The issues with expanding into Mexico are obvious on a lot of levels, but also consider this: Mexico City’s elevation is 2,100 feet higher than Denver.

With their core still being on rookie contracts, the 76ers didn’t have those same concerns. They can overspend on a player like Redick, who brings everything they were missing from a position of need, without jeopardizing their ability to retain Embiid, Simmons, Fultz, Saric and Robert Covington in the future when they’re in need of extensions. It’s a win-win for both sides.

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Tucker hit a high note last season when he tied Blair Walsh’s NFL record by converting all 10 of his field goals from 50-plus yards, with a long of 57. Tucker further showcased his leg strength at the Pro Bowl by booting a 75-yard field goal off a tee during practice.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh might not give Tucker the chance to strike from that distance during an actual game because of the scoring possibility the opposition would have via return should the kick fall short. But in terms of execution itself, Tucker believes not a whole lot would be different between a 75-yard attempt and a PAT.

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Under Armour in talks on long-term extension with Yankees’ Aaron Judge

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As Aaron Judge stockpiles superlatives, Under Armour is negotiating a long-term extension of its endorsement deal with the Yankees slugger that began when he was in the minors.

Limited Kids Christian Kirksey Jersey We’re right now in the middle of renewing Aaron’s deal, Walker Jones, Under Armour’s senior director for global sports marketing, told the Baltimore Sun. We’re putting the finishing touches on a long-term extension with him.

Hall of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton, who was on Chicago’s Super Bowl-winning team during the 1985-86 season, said if Cutler was the Bears quarterback in his era, they would have won more titles.

If my team had Jay Cutler at QB we would have won four Super Bowls, Hampton said at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Despite the Super Bowl title, the Bears didn’t have the typical franchise quarterback during the ’80s. Jim McMahon quarterbacked the team to its championship, but it was the Bears’ defense that shined during that time.

While Cutler’s arm was impressive in Chicago, he was notorious for turning the ball over. During his 11-season NFL career, he had 146 interceptions and fumbled 56 times.
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Cutler is no longer Bears fans’ concern. He retired from the league and recently took a job as a Fox Sports broadcaster.

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Rockets eliminate Thunder, end Russell Westbrook’s historic season

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The Thunder needed Russell Westbrook to play all 48 minutes of Tuesday’s first-round playoff game against the Rockets.

He played 42 minutes, and rested for the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. The Thunder held a three-point lead after three quarters. By the time Westbrook returned, the Thunder were down by five and never recovered in a 105-99 Rockets victory.

With the win, the Rockets eliminated the Thunder from the playoffs with a 4-1 series victory.

Westbrook’s historic season, with an NBA-record 42 triple-doubles and becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 season to average a triple-double, came to an end with another bit of statistical history. With his 47 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists on Tuesday, Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to have at least 150 points, 50 rebounds and 50 assists through the first five games of a playoff series.

Houston’s James Harden, Westbrook’s main competitor for NBA MVP, scored 34 points with eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Rockets, who await the winner of the Grizzlies-Spurs series. The Spurs took a 3-2 series lead with Tuesday’s 116-103 victory.

If Lowry does decide to go West, the best spot for him would be the Spurs. With 35-year-old Tony Parker (who was just injured in the playoffs) at the helm, San Antonio could look to go younger with Lowry, 31. He’d join one of the best players in the league (Kawhi Leonard), and make San Antonio a strong enemy of the Warriors. But money could be tight in San Antonio, making it a difficult decision.

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Celtics players laugh at Draymond Green’s ‘dirty player’ label on Kelly Olynyk

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Draymond Green made comments on his podcast Monday calling Celtics center Kelly Olynyk a dirty player. While most fans agreed with that take, they couldn’t help but point out the irony when he said, I don’t respect guys like that.

Green has been the source of a number of controversial plays over the years, including his multiple high-leg kicks. When asked Tuesday to respond to Green’s comments, many of the players pointed to those incidents, saying Green doesn’t have room to talk.

I don’t know how he can call anybody dirty, Isaiah Thomas told reporters. It is what it is, everybody has comments or something to say.

Some things are not fixable in life. Some things that confront people don’t have solutions. There is a solution here. We just need to discover it, and we will. I’m confident we will.

Kerr, 51, wasn’t on the bench for Games 3 and 4 of the Warriors’ first-round sweep of the Trail Blazers as he dealt with painful symptoms related to two back surgeries. He is scheduled to be examined at Stanford this week and won’t rejoin the team until he is feeling better. Kerr also missed the first 43 games of last season dealing with the issues.

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Certain diagnoses you are forced to accept entirely and know that there isn’t a solution. There is a solution for this, we’ve just got to find it.
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In the interim, assistant Mike Brown will lead the Western Conference’s top seed in the second round, against the Clippers or Jazz.

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Mistrial declared for man who hit Kevin Johnson with coconut cream pie

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The assault case against the man who hit former Sacramento mayor and NBA player Kevin Johnson with a coconut cream pie has ended in a mistrial.
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A Sacramento jury was deadlocked on whether Sean Thompson was guilty of felony assault and a second misdemeanor count of committing battery on school grounds, leading Judge Robert Twiss to declare a mistrial Monday, Deadspin reported.

Thompson hit then-mayor Johnson in the face with the pie during a public event at a Sacramento charter school in September. Johnson responded by jumping on Thompson and beating him to the ground. Johnson was not charged in the incident.

We’re gearing up at the right time. When we start getting good, that’s when Cleveland and LeBron will start going down, Embiid said, via

He later added: When I say we are going to be ready to win when the Cavs are going down, that doesn’t mean, like, five years. Next year I think we are going to be ready to win.

While Embiid may be aiming a little high, there are reasons to expect improvement from the 76ers next season. Embiid played phenomenal in his limited minutes last season, and the team will get last year’s No. 1 pick Ben Simmons back from injury. Then you can pair those guys with their top-three draft pick this year, and developing players such as Robert Covington and Dario Saric.
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We won’t make the same prediction as Embiid, but the 76ers are building something special in Philadelphia.

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Von Miller, Khalil Mack and other NFL sack artists met for a ‘pass-rushing summit’

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Von Miller suggested in January that he, Atlanta Falcons rusher Vic Beasley, and other sack leaders throughout the NFL should meet up for a pass-rushing summit. On Thursday, the Denver Broncos star made that a reality at Stanford University — not far from where Miller has a home in the Bay Area.
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Last year Stanton hit 24 home runs in the first round, 17 in the second round and then 20 in the finals. That’s 61 total. MLB went to the timed format in 2015; since then, here are the most home runs hit by guys not named Stanton: Todd Frazier (42 in 2016, 39 in 2015), Joc Pederson, 39 in 2015) and Mark Trumbo (30 in 2016). Yep, Stanton is the pick.
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The second round can be a different animal. Remember 2014, when Stanton and Jose Bautista hit the most home runs in the first round? Neither guy made it to the finals. In 2010, Corey Hart hit 13 in the opening round (four more than anyone else), then zero in the second. Both of these guys are in their first derby, so this one’s hard to pick. I’m going with the beard again.

For what it’s worth, the Bears have decent depth on their offensive line. Eric Kush was re-signed as a do-it-all interior lineman. Tom Compton and Bradley Sowell were brought in as swing tackles.

Here lies the issue most have with Chicago’s decision to select Trubisky. Even 49ers GM John Lynch thought the Bears were trading up to draft a guy like Solomon Thomas and address a massive need in a class stuffed with versatile defensive line talent.

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